Buick presently sells 4 crossovers, the Encore, Encore GX, Envision, and Enclave. That quantity will quickly be whittled to 3, the Encore anticipated to finish manufacturing after this mannequin 12 months. If hypothesis supplied by GM Authority is right, there may very well be modifications afoot in the course of the road in time for the 2024 mannequin 12 months. Buick has mentioned it can keep 4 ICE-powered crossovers, so the model will want one thing to fill the approaching hole. GMA sources counsel the China-market Buick Envista may get the nod. Buick launched the coupe-esque mannequin throughout the Pacific in August, a relation to the Chevrolet Seeker that appeared on the Chinese language market in April. The Envista debuted the model’s newest design language impressed by pure-electric ideas just like the Electra-X and WIldcat. Skinny, angled headlights body a large, low grille, main again to a roof that slopes right into a excessive again and double spoilers.
GM utilized to trademark the Envista identify within the U.S. in early 2019, then maintained it with extension requests till earlier this 12 months. Then, in September 2022, the automaker deserted the applying, which may bode unwell for no matter probability there was, if any. One other snag may very well be that the Envista is 182.5 inches lengthy, 71.5 inches large, and 61.6 inches excessive on a 106.3-inch wheelbase. Varied experiences have pitched the Envista to fill the (small) house between the Encore GX and the Envision; nonetheless, the Envista falls simply 0.10 wanting the Envision’s size, and it is three inches smaller in each different dimension. Then again, the Envista is 11.1 inches longer and 0.1 inch wider than the Encore GX, with a wheelbase 4.1 inches longer. That makes a number of overlap within the dimensional Venn diagram. Had been the Envista to return as-is, it would not a lot be a alternative for the Encore as be a distinct form of compact SUV from the Envision on a extra trendy platform.
Additional hypothesis from “sources accustomed to the matter” says a U.S.-market Envista may get the Avenir remedy. Avenir marks the final word in Buick luxurious, an appellation presently restricted to the Envision and Enclave. In accordance with a separate report, the Encore GX can also be headed into the Avenir membership with the compact crossover will get refreshed for the 2024 mannequin 12 months. An Encore GX Avenir would undertake some exterior tweaks like 18-inch alloys, and switch a load of optionally available gear accessible for the Encore GX Essence trim into normal gear.